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Laptop to desktop internet sharing

Discussion in 'Networking' started by GriffinClaw, Jan 23, 2011.

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  1. GriffinClaw

    GriffinClaw Thread Starter

    Feb 8, 2010
    Ok, I'm having a small problem that I need to fix. I have a laptop that is running windows 7 premium and a desk top that is running xp pro. The laptop is connected to the internet but the desktop is not. I have them set up in a ethernet network through an RJ-45, and both are connected, but I can't seem to share the laptop's internet connection with the desk top. I've enabled internet sharing with the wireless network, but my desktop still cannot connect.
  2. etaf

    etaf Moderator

    Oct 2, 2003
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    how is the laptop connected - make and model of modem / router

    if you have the laptop and desktop connected together - you may need a cross over ethernet cable
    then you need to bridge or ICS the connection

    windows 7
    from a TerryNet post
    Bridging two network connections:

    1. Make sure the secondary connection has DHCP enabled.
    2. Open the Network Connections folder from the Start Menu, Settings.
    3. Select the first connection to be used in the bridge and highlight it by left clicking on it.
    4. Holding the Ctrl key, select the second connection to be used in the bridge by left clicking on it.
    5. Right click on one of the two highlighted connections and select Bridge Connections.

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